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Annual event, early in Fall semester. Information stations, food, prizes, music, fun. Entire library staff including student assistants, participate. We see more than 5,000 people between 10am and 3pm.

September 8: library EXTRAVAGANZA!!!

Posted by isulib on September 6, 2016


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Reference/Instruction Librarians will be demonstrating the following Library resources:

  • Reference USA
  • How Do You Use Information
  • Citing Sources
  • Library or Google?
  • Mango
  • Teaching Materials Collection
  • Government Publications

Additional Library Resources or Campus Offices located in Library:

  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Special Collections: Oral History Project


  • State-It
  • Sodexo
  • Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence
  • C.E.Brown African-American Cultural Center
  • Multicultural Services & Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • University Scholarship Office
  • Student Counseling Center
  • Student Health Promotions
  • Office of Information Technology
  • Sycamore Express
  • Student Media
  • Dean of Students
  • Center for Student Success
  • Commuter Services
  • Performing Arts & Speaker Series
  • Center for Student Research & Creativity
  • University Art Gallery
  • Career Center



  • DJ [outside]
  • pizza
  • popcorn
  • soft drinks
  • Sodexo will be passing out samples

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2015 Library Extravaganza = September 10

Posted by isulib on August 27, 2015



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Library Extravaganza: claiming your prizes

Posted by isulib on September 22, 2014

Did you win a prize during Extravaganza?

Your prize may be picked up during regular hours (8:00am to 4:30pm) by enquiring at the desk on the first floor.  You will be required to show ID before you can claim your prize.  You will have until October 10th to pick up your prize, or it will be used for next year’s Extravaganza.

Check here for a list of prize-winners.


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2013 Library Extravaganza Information

Posted by isulib on September 11, 2013

The 11th Library Extravaganza will be Thursday, September 12, 10am-3pm!

2013 Library Extravaganza BookmarkHere is this year’s list of participants. As in past years, ISU students will need to get 10 stamps on their prize cards before they can turn them in. Remember, this event is NOT just for students/new students; everyone can come and learn and enjoy!


  • Interlibrary Loan
  • e-books
  • media:scape group workstation – home of DISTANCE LEARNERS EXTRAVAGANZA – see also the Distance Extravaganza Experience
  • NCJRS [Criminology]
  • EndNote bibliographic manager
  • Fusion updates/preview of DISCOVERY
  • Children’s Materials Collection
  • Special Collections/University Archives/Sycamore Scholars [ISU’s digital repository]
  • Reference Services & Circulation Services – operating normally during Extravaganza hours


  • Sodexho2013 Library Extravaganza
  • Dean of Students
  • American Democracy Project
  • African-American Cultural Center
  • University Art Gallery
  • Student Government Association
  • Office of Information Technology
  • Office of Diversity
  • Student Health Promotion/Student Counseling Center
  • Controller’s Office/Bursar Operations
  • Financial Aid
  • Commuter Services
  • Registration and Records
  • Math & Writing Center [now on 2nd floor, Library]
  • Sycamore Express
  • Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence [former location of Writing Center]


  • Band – Outside Library Entrance
  • Pizza
  • Soft drinks
  • Popcorn



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Library Extravaganza Report

Posted by isulib on September 20, 2012

Thousands attend 10th annual Extravaganza

By: Sarina Bayer, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
September 19, 2012

More than 5,000 students attended the 10th annual Cunningham Memorial Library’s Extravaganza at Indiana State University. Students were encouraged to attend and learn about the new services that the library has to offer as well as given lunch of pizza and soft drinks.

“I believe that students will benefit from attending the Extravaganza by learning about library resources and services as well as discovering what other groups across campus have to offer students. Since the atmosphere is lighthearted, hopefully, attending will also help alleviate any anxiety students might have about using a large academic library,” said Dean of Library Services Alberta Comer.

Students seemed to agree. “The Library Extravaganza was a great way to find different sources located throughout campus that would help benefits us,” said sophomore Samuel Spencer, who is majoring in exercise science and Spanish from Brazil, Ind.

Comer said that the library staff‘s number one goal is meeting the research needs of the students and faculty. The library is open from noon on Sunday to 7 p.m. on Friday; Saturday hours are noon-5 p.m.

“We offer places for quiet individual study as well as group study including the new media: scapes technology and seating arrangements and furniture,” she said, adding that the library also offers access to more than 50,000 electronic journals. The library also is partnering with the Office of Information Technology to create a space that is more accessible to students’ group study needs and that has electrical plugs for charging laptops.

“They draw you in at first with food and decorations but once you get here you can’t help but be informed about the different resources,” said Jacob Martin, a sophomore food service management major from Clinton, Ind.

Organizations and offices from across campus also provided information to students at the Extravaganza. “For one thing a lot of students don’t realize that the Career Center is a place that students can benefit from, starting their freshman year and use throughout their college career. Career exploration is available to help students decide what they can do with their major,” said Tracy Powers, executive director of the center, said about attending the Extravaganza.

From library resources to organizations, the Extravaganza tries to show the students all of the help available to them. “It’s beneficial, everything you need to know is all here,” said Tamara Davis, a junior criminal justice major from Indianapolis.

Photos: Alberta Comer, dean of the library, greets students as they enter the library for the Extravaganza. Students participate in an activity during the Extravaganza. Tom Steiger, director of Center for Student Research and Creativity, tells students about the center.

Contact: Alberta Comer, dean of library services, Cunningham Memorial Library, Indiana State University, at

Writer: Sarina Bayer, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, at 812-237-3773

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Extravaganza Aftermath

Posted by isulib on September 12, 2012

Did you miss the Library Extravaganza? Want to re-live it? Visit our Distance Learning Extravaganza page, “Almost Live” and scroll down thru the videos. Distance Learners: don’t forget to enter your contest before midnight September 19.

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Distance Learning Extravaganza

Posted by isulib on September 11, 2012

Faculty teaching distance learners are encouraged to invite their students to ‘attend’ this year’s Library Extravaganza by going to between Wednesday, Sept. 12 through Wednesday, Sept. 19. This year Distance Learning students can enter the prize contest to win either a Kodak Sport recorder or a Nook e-reader by reading LibGuides to discover basic Library information. Some short promos highlighting topics that will be covered by Reference/Instruction Librarians can be viewed now. During the actual Extravaganza on Wednesday, September 12, Marsha Miller, Distance Learning Librarian, will be tweeting at isulib, uploading videos to the LibGuide site, the Library’s YouTube site (, blogging ( and more. These prizes are for students specifically registered as Distance Learning students (will verify for prize eligibility). Students on campus are invited to attend the Extravaganza’s festivities in Cunningham Memorial Library on Wednesday, September 12, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. where learning opportunities and chances to win prizes will be available.

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Library Extravaganza set for Wednesday

Posted by isulib on September 11, 2012

September 11 2012

You and your students are invited to attend the Library’s Extravaganza on Wednesday, September 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Please drop by, and encourage your students to come by as well, to learn about the new resources and services that the Library has to offer, as well as sample free pizza and soda. To be eligible for prizes, stop at 10 resource tables and have your Extravaganza card stamped.

On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, the following library offices will be closed: University Archives, Special Collections, the Writing Center and the Administrative Offices. Reference Services and the Circulation Desk will be staffed.

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2012 Library Extravaganza Participants

Posted by isulib on September 6, 2012

The 10th Annual Extravaganza, Wednesday, September 12, 10am – 3pm is coming! [Note: for 2013 we’ll be back to a Thursday]

Here is a list of participants – ISU students will need 10 stamps on their prize cards before they can turn them in. Remember, this is NOT just for students/new students; everyone can come and learn and enjoy!


  • EndNote (bibliographic management software)
  • ELibrary (one of our main e-book suppliers)
  • Media:Scape workstations
  • Academic OneFile database
  • Print Reference Collection/Library workshops
  • Distance Learning Extravaganza – in progress during Extravaganza: filming, twittering [Follow ‘isulib’]; blogging []
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Sycamore Scholars digital repository/Archives/Rare Books
  • Government Documents
  • Writing Center


  • Counseling Center
  • Commuter Services
  • Financial Aid
  • African-American Cultural Center
  • Dean of Students
  • Controller’s Office
  • Performing Arts/Speaker Series
  • Career Center
  • Recycling Center
  • Center for Student Research and Creativity
  • Student Academic Services Center
  • Office of Information Technology [ see the new OIT student Help Desk and discover where our 3 Print & Sprint printer locations are]
  • American Democracy Project
  • Centralized Scheduling


  • lamination center
  • Outside Library: DJ/Band
  • pizza
  • soft drinks
  • popcorn – maybe, if fixed

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Posted by isulib on July 19, 2012

The new date is Wednesday, September 12.

Times are the same: 10am – 3pm

The plan is the same: drop in to learn about new resources and services that the Library has to offer. Get your card stamped for prizes. Eat some pizza & popcorn. Listen to the DJ/band outside the Library entrance! Join 5,000 of your closest friends for the biggest new semester kick-off around!

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